The Georgia man suspected of killing five people in a deadly shooting rampage was a “ticking time bomb,” his daughter said, according to the New York Daily News.
Authorities in Columbia County, Georgia discovered the body of the alleged gunman Wayne Anthony Hawes in his home on Saturday, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. They also believe he tried unsuccessfully to set the house on fire, CBS News reports.
Hawes, 50, was pushed over the edge when his estranged wife ended their relationship, his daughter Lauren Hawes stated. She said her father threatened to kill his wife, who is also Lauren Hawes’ mother, reports the Daily News.
Investigators believe he fatally shot five victims at two different locations in Appling, Georgia. The victims found at the first scene were identified as Roosevelt Burns, 75, Rheva Mae Dent, 85, and Kelia Clark, 31. Authorities identified the other victims as Lizzy Williams, 59, and Shelly Williams, 62.
Lauren Hawes stated that the victims included her grandmother and a cousin. When the shooting spree began, Hawes hid with her 1-year-old daughter, and her mother also escaped the attack.